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Ancient Order of Hibernian Saint Patrick's Day Parade
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay waves to the crowd as walks through the Dogtown neighborhood during the Ancient Order of Hibernian Saint Patrick's Day Parade in St. Louis on March 17, 2010. Like traditional parades held in the Emerald Isle on Saint Patrick's feast day, a good portion of St. Louis' Irish American community are marching as clans under their family crests and banners. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig; Ulster-Scots: Saunt Petherick's Day)[2] is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.[1] It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[3] the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.[4]

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